“The rise of Trump, love him or hate him, conveys an inescapable message: The United States’ political institutions are in decay, and voters are angry at a government that they perceive (correctly) to be broken.”
That’s true. The solution there isn’t very well thought out, nor is the anger at “tax cuts” (where’s mine?) but here’s a thought: When you have a society that can’t do things that need to be done because every change threatens somebody’s rice bowl or offers insufficient opportunities for graft, you’ve got a society that is due for a reset, not for incremental change.
The thing is, resets are often kind of ugly.The political class has failed us miserably. On the Democrat side, we have Hillary Clinton, who is a corrupt politico currently under FBI investigation, and Bernie Sanders, and avowed socialist. The Republicans aren't much better. A neighbor referred to the Republican primary as "a clown show", and I didn't disagree with him.
Resets get ugly, and that's where we are during this political cycle.